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Month: May 2013

Here comes the sun!

The weather is warm, the trees are green, the streets are full of frantic undergraduates trying to move futons out of their apartments and into U-Hauls, and this past weekend, thousands of students (excuse me—graduates!) crossed stages at the Kohl Center and all over campus. It feels like summer is finally here!

Summer at the Terrace, 1976. Courtesy of UW-Madison Digital Collections.

Summer means a lot of different things in Madison: evenings at the Terrace, Babcock ice cream on a hot afternoon, Bratfest, lounging in the grass on Bascom Hill, Wednesday evening concerts at the Capitol, early Saturday mornings browsing the farmers’ market, a road trip to see a favorite band play Summerfest. It also means that now is a great time to catch up on all of the things nobody has time for during the academic year. Maybe you’ll take a sailing class with Hoofers. Maybe you’ll see Star Trek: Into Darkness five times. Maybe you’ll take up yoga. Maybe, like me, you’ll finally make an effort to watch past the first season of Downton Abbey (I know, I know!). 

But you know what you definitely should do? Check out this year’s Go Big Read book, A Tale for the Time Being! Even Oprah agrees: O Magazine named the book one of “Four Books You Can Devour in One Long Weekend” (and what is summer if not basically one very long weekend?). So make the most of your summer and devour our 2013-14 Go Big Read pick. You won’t regret it!

This is just one of the stellar reviews awarded to A Tale for the Time Being. You can find more reviews, as well as news about the program and interviews with the author, on our website. There are copies of the book in the campus library system as well as the Madison Public library system. Enjoy!

Go Big Read 2013-14 Book Selection!

It’s a big day in the Go Big Read office! Our official announcement was made public at 9:00am, and since then we’ve been watching all the buzz on Twitter and Facebook. By now, you’ve probably heard the news: the 2013-14 Go Big Read selection is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki!

Ozeki is a critically-acclaimed author whose previous books include the bestselling My Year of Meats and All Over Creation. She is also a Zen Buddhist priest, whose unique perspective plays an important role in the unfolding of her latest work.  

Author Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being begins when a battered Hello Kitty lunchbox washes up on the shores of a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. The odd package is picked up by Ruth, a writer struggling to find inspiration in her rural surroundings. Opening the lunchbox, she discovers a diary inside, written by a sixteen-year-old Japanese girl named Nao, whose own surroundings—the culture and subculture of Tokyo—could not be more different than Ruth’s desolate island. Ruth, and the reader, is soon swept into Nao’s story…

The Seattle Times calls A Tale for the Time Being “a dazzling and humorous work of literary origami,” while the Washington Post describes it as “a narrative shimmering with the conviction that art and faith lead us to truths beyond the reach of reason alone.”

You can read the official press release here, and can find more information about the book—including news, reviews, and interviews with the author—on our website. If you have any questions, shoot us an email: gobigread @ library. wisc. edu.